Bryce McGarvey received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, in the field of heterogeneous catalyst preparation and characterization. Following post-doctoral fellowships at l’Institut Francais du Petrole and the University of Calgary, Dr. McGarvey joined Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. During his five years with AECL, his research focused on aqueous inorganic chemistry, particularly in the context of corrosion and fouling of heat exchangers and nuclear steam generators. In 1998, Dr. McGarvey joined the research department of Imperial Oil in Sarnia, Ontario. During his time with Imperial, he has worked in several areas of petroleum science, including refinery fouling and corrosion, process chemistry and hydrocarbon treating chemistry.
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